| Oct 31, 2013
| 2:51 PM
The two news stories appeared on the same day and were totally unrelated, except that they suggested there's a very selective process in some minds for deciding what does or does not represent free speech.
On the front page of The Morning Call on...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 7:37 PM
A Wrigleyville man was arrested Sunday night after he was accused of assaulting a U.S. Postal Service police officer who suspected the man was driving his moped around Lakeview while intoxicated.
The man, Eric Dahl, 33, was charged with aggravated...
| Sep 15, 2013
Call it "sway" or "pull" or "juice" or "clout" — we're talking about power or influence, often of a political nature. Clout may have made one of its frequent Chicago appearances recently when Metra CEO Alex Clifford got a lucrative buyout deal...
| Aug 4, 2013
| 6:44 PM
At least 10 people faced felony drug charges Sunday related to Lollapalooza in Cook County Bond Court, including a Chicago man prosecutors say was carrying more than 150 pills of MDMA, also known as Ecstasy.
Sean Magee, 24, of the 6700 block of South...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 6:47 AM
Perhaps before we publish, or read, any more inane articles about lexicography, we might take a moment to reflect on what dictionaries are for.
One of the latest misguided (read: stupid) articles on the subject is by Michael Dirda in The Washington...
| Aug 25, 2013
| 9:13 AM
Note: The lady mentioned in this post has objected to the use of her name, which I have deleted out of consideration of her wishes.
Let me first assure you that this is not just one more post about literally. It could as well be about singular they,...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 7:44 AM
@Mededitor tweets about "a tiresome grammar tirade (w/bonus 'entropy of our language')" at MMO Champion.
We are favored there by the observations of zeropeorth, who, thanks to his (sounds like a "he") superb command of the majestic English tongue,...
| Jun 7, 2013
No comic strip was more in touch with American pop culture in the 20th century than "Peanuts," drawn and written by the late, towering and much-revered cartoonist Charles Schulz. That his daily strip, so filled with unflinching sarcasm and childish wiles,...
| Feb 28, 2013
Movie shootouts are often dazzling feats of marksmanship. Few filmmakers have the guts to show their version of "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" the way such gunfights actually go down — dozens of rounds, most missing the mark; pistols popping off,...
| Mar 7, 2013
| 5:44 AM
Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a relatively obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar, another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. This week's word:
No, not the rural American imperative of get, but...
| May 12, 2013
May is National Hamburger Month, and the industry hopes you'll forget all about last month, when a Utah man attracted publicity by claiming he had a 14-year-old McDonald's hamburger that has never been refrigerated yet looks like new — no mold, no...